Food as Medicine Summit: Bay Area Agenda

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Conference Day 1

  • Wednesday, November 17th 2021
Wednesday, November 17th 2021
8:00am PST

Conference Platform Opens

The conference platform opens before the agenda starts, giving you time to plug the presentations, panels and discussions into your agenda for the rest of the day. This also gives you plenty of time to get familiar with the platform.

9:00am PST

Chair’s Opening Remarks & Setting the Scene

Kyle Dardashti, Co-Founder and CEO, Heali

9:10am PST

Keynote Presentation: Striving for Food and Nutrition Security Across the Lifespan

  • An overview of the CDC’s work with national groups, states and communities to Make Healthy Eating Easier. This discussion will include an overview of DNPAO programs including Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN), and High Obesity Program (HOP), along with key strategies such as improving nutrition in Early Childcare and Educational (ECE)

Ruth Petersen, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, CDC

9:35am PST

Wellness Break

9:40am PST

Keynote Panel Discussion: What are the Main Barriers to Success for Food as Medicine?

Despite being a vastly diverse movement with a huge number of stakeholders invested in its success, there are several core challenges that bind us all. Join leading figures from across this field to assess this ever changing landscape, dig deep into the biggest limiting factors to Food as Medicine success, and lay the foundations for an evidence-backed, jam-packed two days of discussions. 

  • Are we any closer to defining what Food as Medicine really means, and what are the main barriers to success?
  • What major advancements have defined the industry and what steps do we need to make next?
  • Which populations and interventions should we be focusing our efforts on?
  • How can we work together to enable more seamless integration up and down the Food as Medicine pyramid?
  • How has the landscape changed since the last Food as Medicine Summit and where can we expect to be in another 6 months time?

Ruth Petersen, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, CDC

Hilary Seligman MD, Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics | Senior Medical Advisor, UCSF | Feeding America

Cathryn Couch, Chief Executive Officer, Ceres Community Project

10:30am PST

Morning Extended Break

11:00am PST

Deep Dive: Medically-Tailored Meals and Food Insecurity: Reviewing the Evidence, Studies and Interventions

Kartika Palar, Assistant Professor, Division of HIV, Infectious Disease and Global Medicine, UCSF

Sheri Weiser, Professor of Medicine, UCSF

11:35am PST

Wellness Break

11:40am PST

Presentation: Revolutionizing Clinical Nutrition: The World’s First Organic, Whole Food Plant-Based Feeding Tube Formula

John Bagnulo, Director of Nutrition, Functional Formularies

12:05pm PST

Wellness Break

12:10pm PST

Panel Discussion with Open Q&A – Who’s Going to Pay for Food as Medicine?

Many say that money makes the world go round and unfortunately Food as Medicine is no exception. With research funding and reimbursement hugely holding back the breadth of research, regulation and policy advancements, accessibility and affordability of interventions and the progress of the movement as a whole, join this multi stakeholder panel of experts to answer the crucial question: who is going to pay for Food as Medicine?

  • Who should pay for Food as Medicine studies?
  • How can we prove the value of Food as Medicine – what outcomes should we be measuring in clinical trials and studies in order to quantify the success of Food as Medicine?
  • How can we begin to get Food as Medicine interventions reimbursed on a regional and national scale?
  • How can policy change in Medicaid and Medicare drive change for low-income people where it is needed most?
  • How can we make Food as Medicine a long term intervention?

John Bulger, Chief Medical Officer Insurance Operations and Strategic Partnerships, Geisinger

Wendy Schiffer, Senior Director of Strategic Planning, L.A. Care Health Plan

Angela Kalousek Ebrahimi, Senior Director, Lifestyle Medicine, Blue Shield of California

Ajay Gopal, Chief Strategy Officer, Sunbasket

Elizabeth Kwo, Deputy Chief Clinical Officer, Anthem

Moderated by: Sarah Downer, Associate Director of Whole Person Care, Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School

1:00pm PST

Lunch

2:00pm PST

Presentation – From AI Discovered Molecules to Clinical Proof: Exploring the Treasures of the Natural World through Machine Learning and Progressing Them through Clinical to Commercialization

Nora Khaldi, Founder & CEO, Nuritas

2:25pm PST

Wellness Break

2:30pm PST

Presentation: No Longer a Secret – Food is a Medicine

  • There is no universal healthy food. Discussion will touch on why fad diets work for some and not others or work for a while and stop working afterwards.
  • • Explore the clinical evidence of improvement in signs or symptoms of IBS, Depression, Anxiety and type 2 Diabetes by simply using food as a medicine.
  • Discuss how progress is being made away from conflicting food advice and wondering if it’s really helping you at the code and not just symptoms and that’s why you should measure your biological age, immune health, Cellular Health, Mitochondrial Health and Gut Health etc


Momchilo (Momo) Vuyisich,
Chief Science Officer, Viome

2:55pm PST

Wellness Break

3:00pm PST

Presentation: Leveraging RDNs in the Food Retail Environment to Improve Public Health

Allison Yoder MA, RDN, LD, Nutrition in Food Retail Program Development Fellow, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

3:25pm PST

Extended Wellness Break

Start-Up Showcase

4:00pm PST

Presentation: Rethinking Our Approach to Nutrition

  • A look at how vitamins have revolutionized the way we think about food 
  • Discussion will touch on reductionism vs. holism in health & nutritional science
  • Explore an overview of GEM — the evolution of the supplement aisle today 

Sara Cullen, Founder and CEO, GEM

4:20pm PST

Wellness Break

4:25pm PST

Presentation: Using Technology to Drive Personalized Nutrition

Kyle Dardashti, Co-Founder and CEO, Heali

4:45pm PST

Wellness Break

4:50pm PST

Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Food as Medicine

  • How does your organization define Food as Medicine and how do you see your organization’s work fitting into the wider Food as Medicine movement?
  • Is the time right for Food as Medicine? How have you seen consumer demands change over the last few years?
  • Where do the main opportunities and responsibilities in Food as Medicine lie within your respective companies? Why should organizations start to take notice of Food as Medicine and how can the involvement of different stakeholders help to accelerate progress in Food as Medicine?
  • What are the key challenges facing organizations such as your own and how can we begin to overcome these?
  • What is the benefit of multi-stakeholder conversation and how can partnerships and collaboration begin to shape this space?

Antonio Tataranni, Chief Medical Officer, PepsiCo

Holly Jacobus, Investment Partner, Ataraxia VC

Moderated by: Kyle Dardashti, Co-Founder and CEO, Heali

5:40pm PST

Close of Day 1 of the Food as Medicine Summit | Bay Area

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Conference Day 2

  • Thursday, November 18th 2021
Thursday, November 18th 2021
8:00am PST

Conference Platform Opens

The conference platform opens before the agenda starts, giving you time to plug the presentations, panels and discussions into your agenda for the rest of the day.

9:00am PST

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Kyle Dardashti, Co-Founder and CEO, Heali

9:05am PST

Panel Discussion: Consumer Education and Behavior Change: The Biggest Challenges in Food as Medicine?

Educating consumers and catalyzing long-term behavior change and adoption of Food as Medicine practices are instrumental to the success of the movement, and arguably the biggest challenges in Food as Medicine. Join the experts to deep-dive into the research and rationale behind instrumenting behavior change, how to effectively communicate with the average consumer, and how to overcome the main pinch points that will inhibit the adoption of Food as Medicine practices.

  • How can we get consumers to understand Food as Medicine and empower them with knowledge about nutrition and health, whilst still ‘meeting the consumer where they are’?
  • How do you incentivise behavior change in different demographic populations, and how can we begin to change the mindset around Food as Medicine?
  • How do we advise/encourage consumers to set small, achievable, flexible health goals to increase adherence, and how do we keep them engaged?
  • What success measures are being used to measure positive changes in behavior?

Lindsay Hanson, Head of Behavioral Insurance, Global Strategy and Delivery, Manulife and John Hancock Insurance

Linda Shiue, Physician & Director of Culinary Medicine, Kaiser Permanente

Lindsey Kane, Director of Nutrition, Sunbasket

Nicholas Krivoruchko, VP, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, KEEN Growth Capital

Moderated by: Kyle Dardashti, Co-Founder and CEO, Heali

10:00am PST

Morning Extended Break

Developing the Food as Medicine Movement

10:30am PST

Presentation: Leading Solutions for Increasing Food as Medicine

David Eisenberg, Director of Culinary Nutrition & Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition | Founding Executive Director, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health | Teaching Kitchen Collaborative

11:00am PST

Wellness Break

11:05am PST

Roundtable with Open Q&A – Information Sharing, Education and Collaboration: How Can We Drive The Success of Food as Medicine?

  • What role do Teaching Kitchens, Produce Rx, Fresh Food Farmacies and Medically Tailored Meals play in the success of Food as Medicine?
  • How could the development of a comprehensive Food is Medicine map positively impact patients on a national level?
  • How can we continue to make the population less sick and reduce health care costs, and what future developments are on the horizon?

Moderated by: David Eisenberg, Director of Culinary Nutrition & Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition | Founding Executive Director, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health | Teaching Kitchen Collaborative

Christine Hamann, Director, The Teaching Kitchen Collaborative

Benjamin Perkins, CEO, Wholesome Wave

Cathryn Couch, Chief Executive Officer, Ceres Community Project

Allison Hess, VP, Health Innovation, Geisinger

Courtney Parks, Senior Research Scientist, Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition

11:50am PST

Wellness Break

11:55am PST

Presentation – Food As Medicine – Science, Sociology, and Strategic Partnerships

For FAM to be widely adopted at scale, the industry will need to invest in validation of evidence, identification of the unique non-clinical variables which impact adoption and adherence as well as closely aligned partnerships across industries such as healthcare, technology, agriculture, CPG and more.

Susan Bratton, Founder & CEO, Savor Health

 

12:30pm PST

Wellness Break

12:35pm PST

Presentation: Mapping the World’s Most Impactful Bioactives

Jim Flatt, Co-Founder & CEO, Brightseed

 

1:00pm PST

Wellness Break

1:05pm PST

Panel Discussion with Open Q&A: How Can We Get Food as Medicine to the Masses? 

The Food as Medicine movement is huge, with a vast span of stakeholders reaching across F&B, healthcare and more. This panel will examine the key groups of influencers across the whole ‘food chain’, the necessity and benefit of more cross-movement multi stakeholder collaboration, and how we can utilize this knowledge to catalyse change.

  • How can we develop an ecosystem in Food as Medicine to improve the healthcare and F&B industries, and adoption of Food as Medicine practices across the country?
  • How can we get nutrition information to diverse audiences and democratize Food as Medicine?
  • Is developing a sustainable Food as Medicine ecosystem our best hope for getting Food as Medicine to the masses?
  • What benefit would increased multi stakeholder collaboration have on the movement, and what are the main considerations when executing collaborations?
  • Where should we be focusing our efforts and where will we start to see progress emerge?

Sharon Donovan PHD RD, Professor and Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Nutrition and Health | Director, Personalized Nutrition Initiative, University of Illinois

Martin Kussman, CSO, Nuritas

Dexter Shurney, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Community Well-Being and the Blue Zones Institute, Adventist Health

David Waters, CEO, Community Servings

Robert T Jones, CEO, Roots Food Group

Ashley Tyrner, Founder & CEO, Farmbox Direct and FarmboxRx

Moderated by: Kyle Dardashti, Co-Founder and CEO, Heali

2:15pm PST

Close of the Food as Medicine Summit | Bay Area

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